Discover the collaboration with Monsieur Pathe’O for Dior’s 2020 Cruise collection
How are you?
I’m happy to see you. – How are you?
– Yes, of course! I was so lucky
that Anne Grosfilley introduced me to the most important designer
in Africa, Pathe’O. Toile de Jouy the wild
and we also have the tropical This is an Italian technique. It’s chiné,
another technique that is French. That is Jacquard, beautiful. When I was in Abidjan, I went to see his atelier
because he has a big atelier in Abidjan. I discovered that Abidjan
is very important for fashion. Who made the pattern? Us, we cut it freehand. Freehand? Just like that?
With no pattern? – Never.
– Never a pattern? It’s a moment you might call
a chance encounter. For us, it’s truly historic. We weren’t expecting this. What a beautiful material. This is beautiful too. Right away,
Maria saw things in our atelier she liked. And for us it’s an opportunity
to collaborate with the House of Dior. African fashion
is still relatively unknown. I asked him
to do a project with us because he made the shirt
for Nelson Mandela. Here are all the shirts
we made with you. – Ah, it’s wonderful.
– You took care of everything. It’s beautiful. I’ll show you the look,
all the details you asked for. – Please.
– The first time, it was Miriam Makeba,
have you heard of Miriam Makeba? She’s a famous South-African singer
who has since passed away. Miriam Makeba
was also exiled during Apartheid, and it was her who came to see my clothing
and she saw some shirts I made. – Here, it needs to be a bit longer. Longer.
– Chandeliers? She said it would suit the president. So I ended up giving her a shirt but
I never imagined he would wear it, but there you have it! After that shirt,
he sent me a letter, signed by hand. What’s important is that at the end
of the letter he said, “The Africa of tomorrow will belong
to the creators of wealth.”